A Personal Touch of Ilse Dingjan

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week: Ilse Dingjan






1. Name & Nationality
Ilse Dingjan, Dutch.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, I did not have any idea about what I wanted to become. I was too busy playing with my friends. During high school, my goal was to become a medical doctor in sports. However, due to many reasons, I followed a different career path.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Biomedical Sciences and followed the Oncology Master in Amsterdam at the VU. During my Master, I performed two internships in Amsterdam: the first at the department of Medical Oncology (VUmc) and the second at the Laboratory of Experimental Oncology and Radiobiology (AMC).

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I’m a PhD student at the department of Tumor Immunology. At the moment, I am researching the molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking in dendritic cells during phagocytosis. When a dendritic cell recognizes a pathogen, the pathogen is taken up (phagocytosed) by the dendritic cell. This triggers many processes in the cell, such as the chemotactic recruitment of other immune cells. I hope that the data I am collecting will contribute to a better understanding of what is happening in the dendritic cell during phagocytosis.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
I work at the level of molecular mechanisms in dendritic cells during activation (by pathogens or tumor antigens). So, the motto really fits my work. Furthermore, I think you can only start with testing medical interventions in animals/human if you know how the intervention works at a molecular level.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Being a part of the scientific world and that my work contributes to a better understanding of what is happening in immune cells during infections.

7. What is your dream for the future?
Enjoying my life!

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition. 
A: I am bad at waking up early.
B: The first time I visited Nijmegen was during my job interview.
C: I will move to Nijmegen next year.

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of René Raavé: A together with a colleague I brew beers.

A: In my spare time I biochemically prepare special drinks
B: I only need 2-3 hours of sleep per night
C: One of my hobbies is to photograph different types of trains

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false.

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